Ellie’s walk set to benefit those in need of help

Ellie's Birthday walk. Some of the walkers who took part in Ellie's Birthday walk in memory of Ellie Othick Bowmaker. Picture by Neil Silk  123645 08/09/12

Ellie's Birthday walk. Some of the walkers who took part in Ellie's Birthday walk in memory of Ellie Othick Bowmaker. Picture by Neil Silk 123645 08/09/12

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A fundraising walk was held in Scarborough to mark what would have been Ellie Othick Bowmaker’s 17th birthday.

Ellie’s Birthday Walk covered 17 miles to Filey and back and has raised around £600 for Ellie’s Fund, which was set up in the teenager’s memory.

Her mum Heather said: “We’ve been doing events near Ellie’s birthday since she was organising them herself.

“It went very well and the weather was glorious. Everyone seemed to enjoy it, but there were some sore feet on Sunday and Monday!”

There were 30 participants in the walk, with nine of them walking both ways.

Shaun Tymon, a trustee of Ellie’s Fund, walked to Filey and ran back. He is hoping to run 1,000 miles for the fund this year.

Heather Othick said the money raised during this event is more than enough to provide a grant to support a youngster going through treatment.

Since it began, Ellie’s Fund has raised a staggering £70,000, providing 23 grants for poorly children and donating £20,000 to the brain tumour research laboratory in Leeds.

Heather said: “It’s wonderful that we can support those children and contribute towards making a difference.

“If there is a breakthrough in Leeds, people will benefit worldwide.”